1. What Is High Intensity Focused Ultrasound?
HIFU is a safe, non-surgical ultrasound treatment that counteracts the effects of time and gravity on
your skin. The treatment uses the body’s own regenerative response to gently and gradually lift skin
on the eyebrow, under the chin and on the neck, and smooth lines and wrinkles on the décolletage.
2. Can Hifu Replace a Face Lift Procedure?
HIFU treats the deep foundational layer addressed in cosmetic surgery, but won’t duplicate the
results of a facelift. However it is a great alternative, especially for those not ready for surgery or for
patients looking to extend the effects of cosmetic surgery.
3. How is HIFU Different to Laser Procedures?
HIFU uses sound energy, tried and true ultrasound, which has unique properties that allow it to
bypass the surface of the skin to treat depths not matched by any other non-invasive cosmetic
device. HIFU stimulates collagen production in the skin’s foundation, resulting in a clinically
significant lift of tissue over the following 2-3 months. Lasers rely on light energy, which cannot
reach deeper skin layers at an optimal temperature, so laser treatments typically only treat
superficial skin. Since the two technologies often treat different types of skin issues, they’re actually
4. How Does HIFU Stimulate Collagen Production?
During the treatment the transducer delivers and deposits focused ultrasound energy deep beneath
the skin at the optimal temperature for collagen regeneration. The treatment jumpstarts a natural
process, known as neocollagenesis, to produce fresh, new collagen. The treatment itself doesn’t
involve any creams, fillers or toxins, it just relies on your body’s own collagen-building process for
natural, noticeable results.
5. How Long Will a HIFU Treatment Take?
The length of the treatment will depend on the area being treated and your individual treatment
plan. A face and neck procedure typically takes 60-90 minutes, while a chest treatment on its own
takes approximately 30 minutes.
6. Will I Need to Take Time off Work?
With a single HIFU treatment there is no downtime. After your procedure, you can resume your
normal activities immediately, without having to follow any special post-treatment measures. We
have even had clients come up to the clinic on their lunch break to have the treatment, no creams
required and your general skin care plan and make-up can be applied as normal.
7. What Does HIFU Feel Like?
As the ultrasound energy is delivered, you will feel tiny amounts of energy being deposited to
precise depths, indicating that the collagen-building process has been initiated. Comfort levels vary
from person to person, but the sensation only lasts while the ultrasound energy is being delivered.
8. How Many HIFU Treatments Will I Need?
Most clients only need one treatment. However this may be based on the degree of skin laxity, the
biological response to ultrasound energy and the individual’s collagen-building process, some clients
may benefit from additional treatments. Because skin continues to age, future touch-up treatments
can help clients keep pace with the body’s natural aging process.
9. Who is a Good Candidate for HIFU?
A good HIFU candidate has mild to moderate skin laxity where the skin begins to feel and look less
firm. Examples include a lowered eyebrow line, loose skin on the neck, sagging under the chin, and
lines or wrinkles on the chest. Of course, the best way to find out if you’re a suitable candidate is to
consult with a practitioner.
10. How Much Does HIFU Cost?
The cost of an HIFU treatment can range widely depending upon the size of the area being treated.
11. Is HIFU Safe?
The HIFU procedure has been used safely in over 250,000 treatments worldwide. Ultrasound energy
itself has been used safely in the medical field for more than 50 years.
12. Are There Any Side Effects?
The skin might appear flushed at first, this can be during treatment but sometimes lasting longer,
the redness should however disappear within a few hours. Some client’s experience slight swelling,
tingling or tenderness to the touch, but these are temporary in nature. Other, less common post-
procedural effects may include temporary bruising or numbness on small areas of skin. As with any
cosmetic procedure, there is the possibility of other rare effects, which your practitioner will review
13. How long does it take to See Results?
After your HIFU Treatment, you may see some initial effect, but the ultimate results will take place
over 2-3 months, as your body naturally regenerates collagen. Since the procedure stimulates your
own collagen production, how long the results last really depends on you. The treatment produces
new collagen on the inside, but your natural aging process will dictate how long that translates into
visible results on the outside.